Tagged: Chinese Football

Can the Chinese Super League Really Become a Destination for Football’s Best? | Bleacher Report

Can the Chinese Super League Really Become a Destination for Football’s Best? | Bleacher Report

Last bit on Chinese football. For now. The question this time around is if football’s best would ever head to the Chinese Super League. I don’t think so.  More players at the level of Ramires may head that way but the Lionel Messi’s, Cristiano Ronaldo’s etc. won’t be gracing that league anytime soon. European football is still at the top of the food chain, and I don’t see that changing. There may be a larger spread of talent as the CSL grows as well as the MLS, but the very best will still be in Europe.

The great windfall of China: a football revolution that may lead to World Cup | Owen Gibson | Football | The Guardian

The great windfall of China: a football revolution that may lead to World Cup | Owen Gibson | Football | The Guardian

I think a good number of football fans were shocked at the transfer activity involving Chinese clubs during the transfer window. Here are a few articles on the situation. It’ll be hard to convince many, myself included for now, that it’s not just about the money for the players. These were some major statements from Chinese clubs and, as a result, Chinese football. We shall see where it leads.

Jiangsu Suning shock football with Alex Teixeira and Ramires – ESPN FC

Why China, not MLS, is luring stars away from Europe | Football | The Guardian

The Chinese derby that provides hope for football’s future | These Football Times

The Chinese derby that provides hope for football’s future | These Football Times.

Good read. Lot’s of stuff out there on Chinese football and I find the comparison of the Chinese League with the MLS interesting.

Avoiding China’s domestic honey trap easier said than done | FourFourTwo

Avoiding China’s domestic honey trap easier said than done | FourFourTwo.

Interesting piece. It’s definitely strange that China, with their population, lags behind the likes of South Korea and Japan in terms of players going abroad. The improvement of the Chinese league is a good start but for further development there have to be some players branching out and learning their trade in Europe.

China crisis: Why Brazil’s post-World Cup clear-up is facing another big problem | FourFourTwo

China crisis: Why Brazil’s post-World Cup clear-up is facing another big problem | FourFourTwo.

We’ve touched on this issue before but this is still an interesting piece. I don’t think there’s any validity beyond money for the recent moves. We’ll see if any of them become big names in the future.

Diego Tardelli Ricardo Goulart moved to China with good reason – ESPN FC

Diego Tardelli Ricardo Goulart moved to China with good reason – ESPN FC.

I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind when you consider the situation, Brazilian players moving to China that is, is money.

The author presents some good arguments beyond potential personal gain, though. I’d agree that Brazilians are less coveted in Europe than they used to be. (Meaning those playing domestically) You could even argue that’s the case for those that play in Europe too.

As for the monetary factor, we could go back to that discussion about football as a job and say fair play to them. They went somewhere they would actually get paid for the work they do.

I can’t really speak to the whole Chinese football deal but I’m sure the league has improved as have many other in growing football nations.